Position 1!!! I've never worked anywhere that's taken less than an hour to get to. All my jobs...take away traffic were 30 mins away...that's if i can park on site...bit never got parking till this job I'm in now. If i start work at 9am i leave 7:30 just to give myself adequate time to get there. 1 hour is nothing im my eyes. 2 days a week sounds awesome. Even if second job was closer it seems like the only advantage if your not paid well.
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04-05-2015 14:10 #21
04-05-2015 14:13 #22
Also position one gives your husband a chance to stay in the work force. I won't give away where i work bit I see alot of people unfortunately being underpaid and it's sad they are being taken advanatge of. Like you said you might be able to take on extra shifts...after 12 months it might be extended or you could do leave cover etc. I definitely wouldn't turn down job 2. It sounds so positive.
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04-05-2015 14:21 #23
Only because of stability and by the sounds of it your partners not working I would take job 2.
04-05-2015 14:26 #24-
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I would take job 2. Full time work and stability that is also close to home. You can always look elsewhere once you have a job.
In regards to position 1 wanting to know by tomorrow, i would tell job 2 that you need to know by tomorrow as you have another offer.
04-05-2015 14:29 #25
The first option you sound positive. The second not so much so if it were me I would go with my feelings.
04-05-2015 15:17 #26
I guess it really depends on what's most important to you at this point in time.
Out of you and your DH, who would earn the most working full time? If him, maybe it's better that he goes to work full time and you either take the job for 2 days a week and get childcare for your DS or look for another part time option closer to home that works for you.
04-05-2015 18:59 #27
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04-05-2015 21:03 #29
I have commuted for work before and, while you do catch up on lots of reading on the train, there are frequent delays and you always take longer than expected. For those 2 days work, you are adding 4-5 hours travel - that's another half a work day! If you end up full time, that will be 10+ hours a week in travel.
I currently work full time, 8 minutes from home, DD's school is mid-way between and DS's daycare is one street from work. I LOVE working close to home and close to DD's school. I work 8-4.30 (sometimes later) and I feel like I get so much time with the kids each day, plus weekends.
DH is currently working full time while we save our house deposit, but I'm now the 'breadwinner'. It is a welcome change for both if us after years of me working part time, studying, maternity etc. Next year he should be able to drop to 2-3 days a week and is also considering further study.
04-05-2015 21:25 #30Senior Member
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This is tough. None of us can tell you what to do but nonetheless I'll tell you my experience.
I had a job which wasn't perfect but was highly sought after and great niche content area and good pay (average team though). I left after 2 years because I couldn't handle the minimum 45 minute commute each way every day. Before people laugh - I'm in adelaide so travelling times in general are less than the bigger cities! It was getting me down being in the car for 7.5 hrs a week and I couldn't get past the fact that that was a whole extra work day equivalent pretty much that I was losing every week.
So 2.5 years ago I got a new job 10 minutes from home - same pay, stable, good team but boring. I chose lifestyle over the job. I won't lie - I do miss the old job but not enough to go back to the commuting. For me lifestyle wins out at this stage of my life. My first baby is due in 11 weeks and I can only think that the lifestyle factor will be even more important to me when I go back after mat leave.
To add another dimension I actually left my city job for 2 x half time part time jobs. The boring permanent one and the other one is a 4 year contract job which I love (my contract ends in 1.5yrs). I'm in the fortunate position of being able to choose which job I go back to after my maternity leave. I'll be going back to the boring permanent job for the security of it as my other contract job may or may not get renewed and I don't want to take the risk. It's a shame as that job I love and it's really hard to get into (once I'm out I'll be out) but I need the security.
I don't know if that adds anything at all lol but if I was in your position I would go for job 2. You say you haven't heard from them yet - perhaps you can phone them (if you do want that job!) and let them know of the other offer and see if they have made a decision as yet? Good luck, big decision - don't you wish we had a crystal ball in these situations?!
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